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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, April and May 1963
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
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1963 |
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    George Myson: Exterior shots of the Goree State Farm for Women in Huntsville. The facility operated as a women's prison from its opening in 1911 until 1982, when it was converted into a men's prison. It is now known as the Thomas Goree Unit. 
    Ashley Boy a Linship[?] U of H: Interview with Goree inmate Carolyn Lima, 20. Lima was convicted in 1961 for the fatal shooting of Houston realtor Fred Tones and sentenced to execution. Lima's partner, Leslie Elaine Perez (a transgender woman then known as Leslie Douglas Ashley) was also convicted and sentenced to death. Lima would have been the first woman legally executed in Texas in nearly 100 years. 
    Defense attorneys Clyde Woody and Lloyd Lunsford appear before Federal Circuit Judge John R. Brown in a Houston courtroom. Brown issued stays of execution for Lima and Perez on March 29, four hours before they were scheduled to die, until he could hear the case on April 9. 
    Interview with Clyde Woody about his appeal to grant Lima and Perez a new trial. Woody details his plan to take his case to members of the United States Supreme Court should Brown's ruling not go in his favor. (The attorney had previously asked Justice Hugo Black to issue a stay of execution for the condemned couple. Both Black and fellow Justice William J. Brennan denied the request.) Woody did not need to make a second trip to Washington. Judge Brown eventually sent the case to the full US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. In a 2-1 vote, the court ruled that the prosecution had suppressed evidence favorable to Lima and Perez, and ordered new trials for both. Following their second trials, Lima was sentenced to five years in prison, and Perez was declared insane and sent to a state mental hospital in San Antonio. Perez escaped, spending six months on the run before being discovered working as a clown for a traveling carnival. She was tried again for Tones' murder and sentenced to 15 years, serving five.
    Cutrer Pledges No Water Rake Hike, 05/26/63: Interview with Houston Mayor Lewis Cutrer about a legal disagreement between the Houston City Council and the Texas Legislature. 
    Demonstration - Ben Taub Hosp, 05/30/63: Hospital staff eat lunch in the cafeteria of the Ben Taub General Hospital of Houston and Harris County. After debate between the Houston City Council and the Harris County Commissioners Court delayed the hospital's opening for several months, it finally began admitting patients in May 1963. 
    Tom Harmon: Sportscaster Tom Harmon discusses the upcoming sophomore season for the Houston Colt .45s. Paul Richards was the team's general manager. The Colt .45s was renamed the Houston Astros in 1965. Harmon also talks about the Houston Oilers, commending the work of owner Bud Adams in the creation of the American Football League. 
    Shorty Powers Sarpets[?] Return: USAF Lieutenant Colonel John "Shorty" Powers returns to Houston. Powers served as NASA's public affairs officer from 1959 to 1963 during Project Mercury. 
    Legislature on U of H: On the floor of the Texas State Senate in the State Capitol Building in Austin.
    Mansion: Exterior shots of the Governor's Mansion.
    Texas Governor John Connally and his wife Nellie